We officially have six skiers in our family.
Actually, I better take that back...make that five and a half.
Because after this trip I think I may be more of a half a skier.
I'm going to go ahead and totally blame my horrible skiing ability on the fact that we were skiing on complete slush.
And to be honest I like the slush, even if it makes me a sub-par skier, because slush means I'm warm.
And I like to be warm.Maybe I need some lessons from Dave's dad like all these other grandchildren have had. See, he's an awesome skier...has been all his life.This year the big project was the four-and five-year-old grand kids.He got 'em going.Then we kinda followed up.
This is how Claire and I spent the morning of the first day. It was kinda like the blind leading the blind but hey, I think bunny hills are right up my alley. We sure had fun together. I loved having a little time with her all to myself.We got Claire these toe-clips to help her with her snow plow. Man, they come up with some cool doo-dads. And come on, we've got to admit she looks pretty darn cute in all her knock-off gear Dave picked her up in China.Meanwhile, as I was braving the bunny hill with Claire, Grace's cousin took the ropes on finishing the teaching job off with Grace.And boy howdy she took to it like nobody's business.
...except when Dave told her it'd be no prob. to head down a super steep "blue" mountain...she didn't like that so much. She only got the above expression after I let her take off her skis and slide down on her bum. Too bad I didn't whip out the camera when she was wailing her guts out heading straight down the mountain full speed.
I'm still gonna give her an A+ though. She did awesome.And then there's Elle and Max who I didn't even see the whole time on the slopes...they are way too good for me.
This was just part of the group. There are so many people in Dave's family when you count in nine kids, their spouses and their kids. This above pic. was probably my favorite part of the trip. Seriously, Dave is so great at getting things situated and ready to go. I love the picture on the left because this is how he helped us ALL to get our boots on. He always had all our gear all organized and ready for us.
Ooops, I wasn't supposed to say anything about Dave. Sorry babe.
Aside from skiing we sure had a great time hanging with Dave's family. One night the adults went out to dinner. Man there are a lot of them: (I know it's tough to see from this picture...again, I sure missed having my big camera!)
All nine kids were able to make the trip. It was awesome to see them.We were so sad the wife and two kids of one of Dave's brothers couldn't make it (we missed you Kara!).
The girls:The kids and spouses minus the one with his spouse missing:And I've got to say, Dave's parents are right up there in cute-ness with mine. I sure love them.
We gave up on getting a grandchild shot...we were too tired to undertake getting 31 kids situated. At least we caught a few of the girls:
I am so lucky to have such great in-laws.
And then we packed up and Dave made the drive once again with the four big kids.
Lucy and I flew on home...it was very beautiful and uneventful...no poop this time. Just a bunch of belly laughs from that girl. Man she sure can be fun.